NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Jets Big Egos Won't Clash In 2010

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NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Jets Big Egos Won't Clash In 2010

"The Jets might be the best team in the league but with all of those big egos there's no way they'll win the Super Bowl." That's what everyone is saying about Gang Green's championship hopes this season. Bringing in Santonio Holmes, Jason Taylor, Antonio Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson, among others was supposedly a bad move because you can't have that many egocentric presences in the same locker room. 

My thoughts? I disagree strongly. What's supposed to happen? One wide receiver attacks another after a game because he got all the receptions? LaDainian Tomlinson goes after Shonn Greene because he got twice as many carries as him in a game!?!? Revis' interception numbers are down because everyone is throwing at Cromartie so he publicly talks smack about the fellow cornerback!?!?!?

If you chose "D. None of the above" then you get an A+ for today's test (and a star on the wall). I'll happily admit that the team brought in a lot of big egos. But the argument ends right there. They aren't going to start fights with each other. They aren't going to talk smack about each other. And you know why? Because every player to step into the Jets locker room and listen to Rex Ryan speak will immediately buy into this "swagger" ideology that has swept up every Jets fan out there.

For whatever reason, the Jets always have been and always will be the underdog. They were the underdog for all of last season (even though they were statistically the best teams in the league in terms of defense and the running game). And even though some media outlets (such as Sports Illustrated) are putting the Jets as the favorite to win it all going into the season, they will still have that underdog mentality. Don't ask me why, but every player on the field at Florham Park right now thinks they have something to prove.

I don't foresee any major issues with the "clashing of the egos". Even I bought into it for a while. I used it as an excuse to mask my optimism for this squad. Until recently, I would tell people that "the Jets are the best team in the league on paper but I'm not sure it will translate on the field because of all the big egos they brought in". But I changed my mind pretty quickly. And you should too. Don't worry about Braylon and Santonio being on the field together. Don't worry about Cromartie and Revis, Tomlinson and Greene, or Jason Taylor and anybody else. Because not only are we the best team on paper, but we will also be the best team on the field. 

Check back later today or tomorrow for the most recent and up-to-date information on the Darrelle Revis holdout.

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